So it’s been forever since I posted a blog, but I’ve been having a lot going on! I’m in the final semesters of school before I graduate with my Masters (yay!) so it’s been a pretty hectic life for me. Most of my time went towards finishing my thesis. I played around for an entire semester before I actually put any real work into writing it and of course I ended up regretting it. But nevertheless, I got it done and now that’s a closed chapter in my life (thank God!). Work has been busy as well with the kiddos as they begin wrapping up the school year. I don’t know how to feel being that next year will be my last year teaching. After I graduate, I plan on finding a position as a substance abuse counselor at a clinic/hospital setting to begin getting the necessary training I’d need to obtain my license. I’m currently in the middle of my practicum and preparing for my internship in the fall. Everything is happening so quickly! But I’m excited about all of what God has planned in my life. So that’s pretty much all of what’s been going on with me.
I wanted to write this blog about how we need to wait on God’s timing for things because too many times our impatient spirits leads us into things or situations that could have been completely avoided. I’ve heard people say before that we live in a “popcorn generation”, meaning we want things instantly instead of waiting for something more sustainable. I’ve been guilty of this plenty of times, but each time I realized I should have just waited for what God had for me. Hindsight, right? God always sees the bigger picture. We only see pieces of the puzzle, but in all actuality, we weren’t meant to see everything. That’s where our faith is supposed to come in. We don’t have the answer to everything because God wants to see how we will handle certain situations. Will we put our trust in ourselves thinking we can do it on our own? Will we cry and become frustrated because things are too difficult? Will we remember the time God brought us out of a similar situation and apply it to the present? It’s up to us to make those choices.
Sometimes we don’t get what we pray for because we’re not ready for it yet. You may be praying for a husband or a wife diligently, but have you really took the time out to work on yourself? We should want to put our best selves forward in any kind of relationship we enter into. So although we may not be ready for what we’re praying for, sometimes God will give it to us just to teach us a lesson. Just to remind us that it would have been better if we had waited on his timing. Why do you think the divorce rate is so high? Sure it can be from a variety of things, such as infidelity, lack of communication, ect. But it could very well be that we did not include God in the marriage or wait on His timing. We also need to analyze if what we’re praying for is truly beneficial for us. Anything that takes us away from God isn’t worth having. Jesus is the center of our lives and we need to keep that at the forefront of our minds. Waiting on God ensures something better.
If we look to the bible in 1 Samuel chapter 8, we read about how the people of Israel demanded that they have a king. They saw that Samuel was getting old and they did not like the way his sons conducted things because they accepted bribes and were greedy for money. Unsure of what to do, Samuel went to the Lord and He told him,
“Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7; 9 (NLT)
Jesus said to solemnly warn them. That means in a serious manner so this was important for the Israelites to know. There would be no turning back. So we must be careful about what we pray for. We need to analyze how it will affect us in the future.
Now when you finally do receive your blessing, it may be bigger than what we even expected. Then, we’ll look back at what small thing we prayed for and laugh! There should be a continuous praise in your heart. It should make you a better worshiper, not just because you received what you prayed for, but because maybe now you can trust that God hears and answers prayers. If your blessing doesn’t cause you to be a better worshiper then you don’t need to be blessed. I mean, think about it. Imagine you go out of your way to buy/prepare this special gift for someone you care about and when they receive it they just take it and walk away. No acknowledgement, no thank you, no ounce of gratitude. Well, that’s how God feels when we don’t praise Him for answering prayers. We should’t want to do God like that. But maybe some people just have problems with the ability to worship and praise God. Well, guess what? You can pray for the spirit of a worshiper. All it takes is a little communication with God. Get out of your comfort zone and make it happen!
You should also consider how or if your blessing has changed you. Obviously, it should change you for the better because God wants to know if He can trust you with more. So maybe you’ve been praying for a financial blessing. Well, how thankful were you when you received your blessing? How responsible were you with it? Maybe God wants to use you to be a blessing for other people in your life. You never know, but you definitely want to respond to your blessings the right way.
So that wraps up this blog post. I do have some exciting news to share that’s coming up so stay tuned! Until next time 🙂